Roles and Responsibilities

Laboratory Worker

  • Attend laboratory safety training.
  • Review the Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Follow procedures and laboratory practices outlined in the Chemical Hygiene Plan and EHS Website and as provided by supervisors and principal investigators.
  • Use engineering controls and personal protective equipment, as appropriate.
  • Report all incidents, accidents, potential chemical exposures and near miss situations to the principal investigator and the Chemical Hygiene Officer.
  • Document specific operating procedures for work with particularly hazardous substances, including carcinogens, reproductive toxins and chemicals with high acute toxicity.

Principal Investigators

Departmental Chemical Hygiene Officer

  • Establish and implement a Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  • Review and update the Chemical Hygiene Plan at least annually.
  • Investigate accidents and chemical exposures within the department.
  • Act as a liaison between the department and EHS for laboratory safety issues.
  • Maintain records of training, exposure monitoring and medical examinations.
  • Ensure laboratory workers receive chemical and procedure-specific training.
  • Review and approve use of particularly hazardous substances.
  • Approve laboratory worker's return to work following a chemical exposure requiring medical consultation.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

  • Conduct exposure monitoring, as needed.
  • Provide general training.
  • Audit the departmental program periodically.
  • Provide safe working guidelines for laboratory workers through the EHS web page.
  • Review the model Chemical Hygiene Plan at least annually.
  • Inspect fume hoods annually.
  • Provide consultation for safe work practices for hazardous chemicals.
  • Conduct limited laboratory safety inspections annually.
  • Develop and maintain the EHS Website.


Steve Elwood
Associate Director

Stanley Howell
Sr. Program Manager - Chemical Safety